EGLINTON beat CRINDLE by 259 runs

Beechgrove (Londonderry), 28th-29th July 1995 Eglinton 285-7 (N Thompson 61, H Wallace 45, G McDaid 3-79) and 317-4 (H Wallace 144, S Smyth 100*) Crindle 107 (C Martin 3-32, S Smyth 3-30, H Wallace 3-32) and 236-8 (N McElwee 99, N Thompson 3-63) Man of the Match: H Wallace (Eglinton)

CRINDLE'S first appearance in the Northern Bank Cup final turned into something of a nightmare because of an unfortunate injury to their professional Chantu Sugewakar. After a start delayed by thirty minutes, Eglinton captain Hendy Wallace won the toss and batted. Eglinton lost an early wicket but then, after less than an hour's play, disaster struck the underdogs.

Sugewakar, whose presence was vital to Crindle in both batting and bowling, in failing to hold a slip catch offered by Martin, split the webbing between finger and thumb and was unable to take any further part in the game. His loss was immeasurable, and the Crindle cause was not helped by a leg injury to John Steel, several more dropped catches and a poor display of ground fielding. Big scores looked inevitable for both Smyth and Wallace but in the end it was left to Thompson with a fine knock of 61 off 60 balls and a late charge by Alan Jeffrey with 29 off 13 balls to take Eglinton towards the 300 mark.

After tea, the demoralised Crindle ended up lasting for only half of their allotted overs. Wallace removed the first three cheaply and then last year's Limavady captain, Nigel McIlwee, was bowled by Martin's first ball. Crindle failed by 79 runs to reach the follow-on target but Wallace declined to enforce the follow-on and at stumps on the first day, Eglinton had extended their lead by 15 runs after three overs for the loss of Martin.

The second day's play was dominated by three individual batting displays. After the early loss of McMichael and night watchman Hamilton, Smyth and Wallace took full advantage of Sugewaker's absence to put on 217 for the fourth wicket, the last 67 of which came off four overs as Eglinton took their second innings score to 317 before Wallace declared immediately Smyth had completed his century and with 9.2 of their second 60 overs unused. Wallace, who had been dropped at the wicket when he had scored 18, was run out going for a second by Richard McDaid from a dropped catch by brother Mark. His score of 144 coming off 105 balls included five sixes and seventeen fours.

Crindle faced with an impossible 496 for victory had some pride restored to a shattered side after losing their professional so early in the game by a fighting innings by Nigel McElwee who kept Eglinton in the field for the 60 overs. He was eventually dismissed, caught in the final over of the game while attempting to hit Wallace over mid-on for a what would have been a deserved century. Wallace for his 189 runs and six wickets in the match was adjudged Man of the Match.

Semi-Finals
Crindle beat Donemana by 4 wickets.
Bready lost to Eglinton by 19 runs.

3rd Round
Brigade lost to Crindle by 3 wickets.
Coleraine lost to Eglinton by 8 wickets.
Ardmore lost to Donemana by 237 runs.
Bready beat Glendermott by 6 wickets.

2nd Round
Bready beat Sion Mills by 66 runs.
Coleraine beat North Fermanagh by 84 runs.
Creevedonnell lost to Donemana by 243 runs.
Ardmore beat The Nedd by 65 runs.
Glendermott beat St Johnston by 124 runs.
Ballyspallen lost to Eglinton by 10 wickets.
Brigade beat Fox Lodge by 8 wickets.
Crindle beat Strabane.

1st Round
Drummond lost to St Johnston by 4 wickets.
Donemana II lost to Glendermott by 207 runs.
Coleraine beat Limavady by 4 wickets.
Burndennett lost to North Fermanagh by 6 wickets.